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What Women Want (2000), (PG-13)
CAP Score: 42
CAP Influence Density: 1.22
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SUMMARY / COMMENTARY:
WHAT WOMEN WANT (PG-13) -- a teen casual sex flick.
Yes, folks. Another "R-13." And almost all of it because of sex and language. There were some attempts at portraying good values, but they were smothered in the "Go ahead and do the wrong as long as you are sorry for it afterwards" rationale. Nowhere did Jesus demonstrate or encourage our participation in a sinful behavior to teach us of it. Though Jesus is an "impossible act to follow," we should do our best to emulate Him (WWJD). Neither should we use sinful programming as a teaching tool. The attempts at portraying good values included portrayal of sexual sanity, but only after sexual irresponsibility. An arrogant 15 year old daughter, Alex Marshall (Ashley Johnson) teaches her father, Nick Marshall (Mel Gibson), whom she hadn't seen for years [Mal. 2:16], all about "real life" with a 15 year old daughter: about how morally responsible and sexually mature modern youth are. Then when real life hits she realizes real life is a bit more real than she can handle.
Though Alex planned the loss of her virginity [1Ths. 4:2-5; 1Cor. 6:18] by her 18 year old prom date, she changed her mind and said "No." Thankfully, her planning could not become more and more "real life" over the next nine months ... and beyond. It was indeed a stretch for Alex to warm up to her father, but nowhere can I find in the Bible that says a daughter who has been absent from your care for years has the right to show you hatred and disrespect -- but I can find a LOT of Scriptures which strongly advise against child arrogance and rebellion toward parents, Col. 3:20 is only one. In our humanness, animosity would seem kinda inevitable if, by no choice of your own, you are torn apart by divorce then thrown together again years later. "Lean not unto thine own understanding [Prov. 3:5]."
Nick is a top performer of the Sloane-Curtis ad agency and a choice position has opened above Nick. Nick figures he is the only choice for the promotion. The agency chief, Dan Wanamaker (Alan Alda) decides to divert the agency's direction to capture the women's products market. Knowing Nick is a macho type and not well versed in women's apparel and products, Dan "steals" a top notch women's ad expert, Darcy McGuire (Helen Hunt - Twister) from a competitor and puts her instead of Nick in the new position. Darcy, now Nick's boss and everyone else's boss, assigns the entire staff to come up with ad ideas for eight women's products. Darcy places all eight products in a box for each ad rep, even Nick. In the box was lip gloss, eye shadow, a home pregnancy test kit, panty hose, pain reliever, nail polish, skin conditioner, and exfoliation paste.
It an attempt to get the feel for women's products and to experience their appeal, Nick samples most of them in a grasp for THE idea that wins that huge account. To nurture the feeling of women's products, he decides to use them as if he were a consumer of them; donning panty hose, wearing nail polish, exfoliating. But it doesn't work. In one of the attempts to feel female he drops a hair dryer in the tub with his right foot still in the tub. After a night on the bathroom floor, he is awakened by the voice of his housekeeper. But it wasn't her voice. What he heard was her thoughts. The electric shock gave him the ability to read minds but only women's minds...even "women" dogs. Note that the young west Indian lady screaming at him mentally in the previews using her native language was not in the cut I saw. Makes me wonder, though, if someone could read minds, would the language be in the sender's native tongue or would it be universal? Would the mental signals possess the tonal qualities of the sender's voice as was portrayed in this movie and a plethora of others portraying telepathy? (Just making a point.)
Nick was raised the doted son of a Las Vegas showgirl and pampered by all of them. But that does not help him understand the female thought patterns, devices and what some call dichotomy. However, he soon learns that every female he encounters has something to say -- mentally anyway. And some of the mental voices were not particularly nice. Many of his co-workers were women and he discovered -- in no uncertain terms -- what they really thought of him. Including Darcy.
In shameless theft of thoughts, Nick maneuvers Dan with Darcy's ideas [Isa. 5:18]. Not to be too coy, Nick arranges the capture of her thoughts in such a way that she thinks he thinks like she thinks. And that is one of the What Women Want points: "He thinks just like me. How romantic!"
Push comes to shove and Nick and Darcy fall in love -- slowly but surely ... until she finds out that he stole her ideas from her head. BOOM. Well, wait a minute. The explosion started to happen, but in his suave and debonair way, Nick smooths it over to just a fizzle.
This could have been a delightful romantic love story and comedy mix. But the "mix" included quite a load of new age morality and ethics [1John 4:5; 2Cor. 10:2]. For example, 22 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary PLUS the most foul of the foul words [Prov. 8:13, 17:27] splattered the otherwise bright picture with streaks of ugly. The ugly streaks included the use of God's name in 20 times but each without the four letter expletive [Deut. 5:11]. Many, many examples of adolescent arrogance toward the father were displayed for your 13 year old's behavior template bank. And sexual innuendo, comments, and less ambiguous sexual matters helped the wholesomeness of this flick as much as a screen door would be helpful on a submarine. Some of the "less ambiguous matters" of sexual content was full male nudity (with no genitals), the 15 year old daughter and her 18 year old boyfriend getting friendly on the couch with she in her underwear, showgirl attire, and monologue proving the intent of the writers to make this movie a teen casual sex flick [Eph. 4:19]. There's more. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section tells it all.
As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
FINDINGS / SCORING:
NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely, definitely when plural.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
Offense to God (O)(2):